International Relations and International Organization

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explore political questions on an international level. You will focus on international relations, especially on the role of international organizations.

During the programme, you will approach issues in the field of international relations from three perspectives: political, economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough training in a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broad understanding of international relations.

Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosing a minor. This offers many options to dive into an aspect you may be especially interested in, for example Development Studies. You can also opt for courses at other Faculties or spend a semester abroad.

As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the English language is essential!

The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Organization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that only a limited number of students are accepted every year.

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diplomaBA Internationale Betrekkingen en Internationale Organisatie
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
maximum aantal plaatsen: 260
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

IRIO in Groningen is a bachelor programme where international relations are not a specialization but core business. The main emphasis is on the functions of international organizations and the process leading to their creation. Attention is paid to research skills, language training, methodologies, historical context and theory. Last but not least: in Groningen you study IRIO with Dutch and international students!

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opbouwFor course descriptions of the courses in the programme you can check the university's Online Course Catalogue:
1e jaar The first year, the propaedeutic phase, will consist of introductory modules in the fields of international relations, law and economics. You will also start language acquisition modules in the foreign language of your choice.
International Politics
5 EC
Introduction to International and European Law
5 EC
Academic Skills for IR
5 EC
History of International Relations
10 EC
Statistics for IR
5 EC
Introduction to Economics
5 EC
Language Course 1a
5 EC
Political Science
5 EC
International Organisation
10 EC
Language Course 1b
5 EC
2e jaar In the second year you will deepen your knowledge of international relations, economics and law. Attention will be paid to decision-making processes on an (inter)national level; international relations will be placed in a theoretical and philosophical framework; you will study international monetary issues; and you will broaden your knowledge of the law of the European communities and European Union. Furthermore, you will complete your language modules.
Language Course 2a
5 EC
Theory of International Relations
10 EC
Language Course 2b
5 EC
Policy and Governance
10 EC
Language Course 3a
5 EC
European Law
5 EC
Methodology and Research Practice
10 EC
Language Course 3b
5 EC
International Monetary Relations
5 EC
3e jaar In the final year of the programme, you can specialise by choosing a minor in a field of your interest; for example on Development Studies. You can also choose to spend a semester abroad. You will complete an International Law module and you will study international trade theory. Finally you will choose a core module: a tutorial that will examine a specific theme through literature and source research. You will conclude the core module by writing your Bachelor's thesis.
30 EC
International Trade Theory
5 EC
Core Module IRIO and Bachelor Thesis
20 EC
International Law
5 EC


minor Minors

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree programme or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a pre-Master's Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme, minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problem
exchange programs
  • SciencesPo (Paris, France), Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), St. Louis (Brussels, Belgium, University of Antwerp (Belgium), Jagiellonian Uitwisselingsprogramma - Europa
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be issued a binding study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned 45 ECTS or more out of a total of 60 ECTS. If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative binding study advice: you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

honours-/excellence program University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College consists of a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points on top of the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8200
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pStudents with a Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

The IRIO programme is taught in English. Dutch students with a VWO diploma do not need to submit proof of their English proficiency. For other EU candidates, the Admissions Officer will notify you if you need to provide test results. All non-EU candidates will need to provide test results. The minimum level of English proficiency is: TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma (minimum score: 26), a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university.

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
167collegegeldop basis van € 2006 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
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? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has 1200 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch faculty of Arts.

Mitrany is the Alumni Network for all graduated students of International Relations and International Organization.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Casper de Boer
IRIO is not just a single subject as such, but rather a mosaic of different disciplines

Hi there! I’m Casper de Boer, a second-year IRIO student. I’m also following the UG’s Bachelor’s Honours College programme. This year, I am also the Editor-in-Chief of Checks&Balances, a magazine published by the IRIO study association, Clio. Finally, I am also a student ambassador for the IRIO programme, which means that I spend time trying to give prospective students an inside look at the world of IRIO.
So, how did I end up in Groningen in the first place? Quite spontaneously, actually...
The programme’s multidisciplinary approach immediately struck a chord with me. IRIO is not just a single subject as such, but rather a mosaic of different disciplines, from history to economics and from law to political science. In Dutch we have a famous saying – ‘kijk verder dan je neus lang is’ – which, literally translated into English, means ‘look further than the length of your own nose’. I think that this is exactly what needs to be done in contemporary public debate. It is no longer sufficient to only present your point of view, to think only from the perspective of your profession and/or specialism. The globalized world of the 21st century requires us to push back the boundaries of our knowledge by combining different areas of knowledge, by listening to others and by developing as individuals through these experiences. IRIO has offered me the tools to do just this, by focusing on the various different aspects that constitute the world of IR. I learn something new about the ever-changing world around me every day, which gives me the feeling that I’m participating in an up-to-date, relevant programme.
Read more about Casper and why he chose to study IRIO in Groningen.
Questions? Send Casper an email.

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Student Ambassador Melanie Veltman
At the open day I heard about IRIO from a student ambassador, and I was immediately hooked

Hi! My name is Melanie Veltman and I am 19 years old. I originally come from the Achterhoek region, but two years ago I left the countryside to move to the most beautiful city in the Netherlands: Groningen! After the summer I will be starting on my third year at IRIO...
I noticed that I was most interested in degree programmes with an international orientation, so I decided to focus on those. A few weeks before my final exams I still had not found anything, but then I attended the Open Day in Groningen. At the open day I heard about IRIO from a student ambassador, and I was immediately hooked. The broad orientation, the international aspect, and the fact that the degree programme is taught entirely in English: this was everything I had been looking for! I immediately enrolled and although this was an impulsive decision, it turned out to be the perfect degree programme for me.
Read more about Melanie and why she chose to study IRIO in Groningen. 
Questions? Send Melanie an email. 

lees verder ...
Balint Horvath
This programme combines my interest in history, geography and politics

After finishing school in Hungary, I took a gap year and was looking for programmes that combined my interest in history, geography and politics. The possibility of studying in English, along with the reputation and competitiveness of the university, convinced me to choose IRIO in Groningen.

So far, the programme has lived up to my expectations. The biggest differences between secondary school and university are freedom and self-responsibility. Most of the students in the programme are passionate about their studies...
It gives a really friendly feeling to the entire city.’

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Emi Visser
This programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy

I chose IRIO as I am passionate about making the world a better place. The course units that interested me most were those dealing with policy or theory. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme gives you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to enter the world of policy-making at an international level.

The IRIO programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy...
For example, I am Chair of the Board of Clio and Treasurer of our alumni association, Mitrany. These board posts have enabled me to develop practical skills and learn to work in a team. After I graduate, I would like to work for a consultancy or the government.

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Student Ambassador Dylan Bos
The programme is both broad-based and in-depth

It wasn't easy choosing a degree programme. The main problem was that there were too many subjects I thought I'd like to study. I seriously considered Law, International Business, Social Geography, History and Middle Eastern Studies. But then I met some students taking IRIO, a programme I had never really thought about. I took a closer look and knew almost immediately that this was the subject for me. The programme is made up of political, legal and economic course units, making it both broad-based and in-depth. You learn to look at the world through different coloured glasses...

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Femke Dam
I want to know what makes the world go round and how to improve it.

Alumnus Felix Neugebauer, Germany
Very accessible and supportive lecturers

I had always been interested in international politics, economics and law with a focus on conflict management and humanitarian action. Since I was eager to study abroad and International Relations is almost exclusively taught at the graduate level in Germany, I decided to enrol on the IRIO Bachelor program at the University of Groningen.

While there were a number of compulsory tutorials, students were encouraged to organize themselves and required to read and study a lot by themselves. While this “freedom” proved to be challenging at times, my lecturers and professors were always very accessible and stood ready to answer any questions. They were also very supportive of my professional plans.
Looking back, I have no doubt that it was the right decision to come to Groningen for my Bachelor studies. What I learnt during my time here has been extremely valuable in terms of both my academic and professional development. In fact, it proved to be a crucial stepping-stone to realize my personal goals. After completing my studies in May 2012, I was fortunate to obtain a scholarship to pursue a Master's degree in Washington, DC and subsequently started working for the UN in the US and the Middle East.

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Isabell Burmester
Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge

I came to Groningen because I was interested in a study program that was not offered at universities in Germany at that time. I knew little about the Netherlands and the Dutch education system, let alone the language. More importantly, I did not know anything about the city that I would call home for the following three years and yet I immediately felt at home..

Many of the university buildings are spread over the city center and so it is not unusual to be greeted by a fellow student or a professor while you are biking to your next class. In fact your bike will be your most valued companion throughout your time in Groningen.
All of this is of course an important part of the student life in Groningen, but what struck me most about my time here in Groningen was the quality of my academic experience. Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge and ignited my passion for academic research in my field of study. They provided me with important tools and skills that will be very valuable for my future career and personal life. Moreover, learning in a multicultural environment not only enhanced my academic performance; it also changed my view on many study-related topics and led me to become a more tolerant and open-minded person.
Read more about Isabell and her student life in Groningen.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Relations and International Organization aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 227 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.9 uit 5.
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doorstroom naar tweede jaar
diploma binnen 4 jaar
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar

Studie in cijfers

In deze tabel staan resultaten van deze studie in cijfers uitgedrukt. Hiermee kan je vergelijken hoe deze opleiding het doet in vergelijking met dezelfde opleiding bij andere onderwijsinstellingen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After finishing the Bachelor's programme you can choose one of the Master's programmes in International Relations. When you have obtained your Master's degree, you are well prepared for a career within an international organization. You can also work in international business, at non-profit or government organizations, and in the media. In addition, you can become a researcher at a university or a private research institute

Brochure job profiles IR graduates | For some examples of where our IR graduates work and the most common job profiles for IR graduates, please check our Careers brochure

Alumni Network Mitrany | We would also like to direct you to the IRIO Alumni Network Mitrany for a survey they conducted among IRIO alumni.

Career Services | The University of Groningen Career Services helps students to prepare for a successful career. You can find out more on what they offer on their website.

current job market
bron: arbeidsmonitor
€ 2323gemiddeld bruto maandloon
50%kans op een vaste baan
38%kans op een voltijd baan
48%kans op een baan op niveau
16%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
64%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanslecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

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Potentiële beroepen

  • internationaal beleidsmedewerker
  • internationaal bestuursfunctionaris
  • journalist
  • lobbyist
  • onderzoeker
  • press officer
bron: StudieData


Bureau Studentzaken
Melanie Veltman

Student Ambassador

Casper de Boer

Student Ambassador

Meer informatie?
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